This past Sunday at “Summerslam 2014”, Brock Lesnar squashed WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena to take the title. Cena got in barely any offense whatsoever might as well have been Heath Slater out there. Lesnar has now ended the Undertaker’s Streak and taken the title from Cena in dominant fashion. The question now is where does WWE goes with him from here.
This is where the problem comes into play and it’s due to Lesnar’s contract situation. With Lesnar having so few required appearances, it’s basically impossible to have Lesnar defend the title at house shows or appear on TV to hype up his major appearances. However, much like everything else with Lesnar, the usual rules don’t apply in this case. As is almost always the case, the key to booking Lesnar is in how you handle him.
Look back to this past summer. Lesnar barely appeared, but thanks to Paul Heyman and his promos, Lesnar remained one of the top heels in the company without ever being on screen. Heyman kept talking about Lesnar ending the Undertaker’s Wrestlemania streak and how he was the only person to ever defeat the Undertaker on the grandest stage of them all. Assuming Lesnar retains the title at “Night of Champions 2014” in his rematch with Cena, there is no reason to not do things exactly the same way. Lesnar can retain the title and then disappear for a few months to build up his next match.
The most common response to this is that you have to have the champion around to defend the title at house shows. While this is a problem, it’s certainly not the biggest problem in the world. House shows can be headlined by matches with any combination of Cena, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton and Kane. While this may not be traditional, these are the same stars that have been headlining the house shows all year and things seem to have been fine. If a feud between some combination of guys is built up well enough, the title isn’t necessary.
Moving forward, let’s look at Lesnar’s potential upcoming schedule. After “Night of Champions 2014”, you could have him take October off and then defed at “Survivor Series 2014”, “Royal Rumble 2015”, and then “Wrestlemania XXXI.” While there are some gaps in between the appearances, they aren’t long enough that it becomes too much of a jump. With Heyman doing the TV appearances to bridge the gaps, everything will be fine.
That brings us to the question of who gets to bring down the beast. The most common answer seems to be Reigns and that’s hard to argue. Reigns is far from a polished in ring performer, but he has something far more important than that: the fans believe in him because Reigns hasn’t had his legs cut off. Since debuting in the WWE, Roman Reigns has yet to be pinned in a singles match. He has only lost three singles matches and all of them have come by disqualification.
While Reigns may not be the best worker or the most over guy in the world yet, the fans have been given a reason to believe in him. He’s been treated as a big deal and his win over Orton this past Sunday was by far the biggest singles win of his career on the biggest stage he’s been given to this point. The fans are starting to believe in him and he’s been in the main event of several shows over the last few months. When you combine that with his win/loss record and the double finisher, Reigns has been treated like a monster that could be built up as so unstoppable that he could beat anyone.
That’s where the money is. If you can build up two guys where neither one could conceivably lose, the build can be pure magic. Look back at something like Ultimate Warrior vs. Hulk Hogan at “Wrestlemania VI.” That’s the entire story of the match: how could either of these guys possibly lose? The same has been the case for matches throughout history, such as Andre the Giant vs. Hogan and CM Punk vs. John Cena at “Money in the Bank 2011” in more modern times.
We currently sit about 220 days away from “Wrestlemania XXXI.” At this point, Reigns is still starting his rise to the top of the company, but there’s a very large beast waiting for him at the top. Reigns vs. Lesnar at “Wrestlemania XXXI” is far from set in stone, but it’s something that could be done and could be done very well. Reigns’ push is coming and if it comes via a right hand to Brock Lesnar’s jaw and a spear for the pin, so be it.
Of course this is all assuming that Lesnar makes it past “Night of Champions 2014” as WWE Champion. I would completely understand if they put the title back on Cena, but it would be pulling the trigger too early. Lesnar’s victory isn’t something that should be erased in just a month. Much like the victory over the Undertaker, give it time to grow into something bigger than it was. It makes the eventual victory over Lesnar feel that much bigger. The word on the street is that WWE wants Reigns to be the next big guy. What better way to do that then to be able to do what the current big guy couldn’t do?
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